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Eyebrows make the person

I have a confession to make: my whole life I have had this thing with eyebrows ūüôā The eyebrows can make or break the look of a person. Personally, I cannot stand it when a person has not taken care of their eyebrows. So here is an article all about eyebrows: the fashion, how to get them in the right shape and what not to do…
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MAC Eye Shadow 15x Neutral Palette Cool: Look

MAC Eye Shadow 15x Neutral Palette Cool

Two weeks ago¬†in London I purchased the¬†MAC Eye Shadow 15x Neutral Palette, the cool version. I have been drooling¬†over this palette for a while now, but I could not convince myself I really needed it. Yes, I know… That does not make any sense! ūüôā Also, according to the Dutch MACCosmetics website the palette costs 138 euro’s which I thought was too much. And I have the feeling I saw it for a different price in the shops. So maybe the website is wrong. In London I paid¬†65 GBP. ¬†As I was in a shopping-spree I bought this together with a foundation. I will review the foundation in a later article.

BTW, this palette is also available in a warm version. I must say that I was in doubt which one to buy. The lady from MAC-store said I could use both because I have brown eyes. Of course she did, she wants to sell as many items to me as possible. But in general I like cool colours better, so I bought the cool version.

Description of the palette

An Eye Shadow Palette in fifteen cool shades: Flounce, Sweet Allure, Sun Tweaked, Blackberry, After Dusk, Pick Me Up, Crushed Clove, Cozy Grey, Deception, Brun, Silver Fog, French Clay, Cumulus, Pearled Earth and Black Tied. The highly pigmented powder formula applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully. Source MACCosmetics.com.

And look at those beautiful colours! There are actually three different colour sets here with each mat and shiny colours:

  • Row 1: Purple/Pink
  • Row 2: Brown
  • Row 3: Silver/Blue

I can already see that there are many nice look to be made by these.

Mac Neutral 15x Cool Palette

The quality

The eye shadow have MAC-quality so the pigmentation is good. Although I must be honest that Flounce and Pick Me Up could have had a little bit more pigmentation. You can actually only use these as a highligher. And important tip: I advise to use a light hand with the 3 darker colours. Especially the Black Tied as this can give off a lot of pigmentation. So if you want a smokey look, start layering to make sure you do not put on too much at once.

The look

Today I will be showing a look which mostly has the purple colours. I am a sucker for purple and wear it a lot on my eyes. So here is the purple look step by step.

Step 1

First I start with an eyeshadow primer. The one I use is Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. It makes sure that the colours come out better and the eyeshadow will actually stay in its place the whole day. After that I apply the Sun Tweaked from the palette on my eyelid and in my arcade bow. I use a Sephora Must Have Powder Shadow # 60 Brush. This a great brush that I use to apply the eyeshadow and to blend. And after that I apply the After Dusk colour on the outer half of my eyelid and on my arcade bow. I make sure I blend it well.

Mac Neutral 15x Cool Palette step 1

Step 2

Then I take the Urban Decay brush that comes with the Naked Palette 2 and apply Black Berry in a V-shape in my crease and also apply it on my arcade bow. I use this brush because it is not as big as the Sephora brush and I can work a bit more precise with it. Please note that I start with a light hand and build the colour up to make sure I do not apply too much in one go.

After that I apply the Pick Me Up highlighter with the same Sephora brush as in step 1 under my eyebrow. I blend this with the Blackberry colour.

Mac Neutral 15x Cool Palette step 2

Step 3

Next I take a small flat eyeshadow brush (brand unknown) and apply the Blackberry colour under my eye and also apply with the same brush the Silver Fog in the inner corner of my eye. I make sure that Silver Fog goes up to my arcade bow. But just 1/3 of the bow. This will light up the inner corner where normally shadow falls (like also in my picture :-p).

Mac Neutral 15x Cool Palette step 3

Step 4

Now it is time to make the look¬†more powerful. I am a person who always wears eyeliner. Today I applied the MAC MacroViolet Fluidline gel-liner with a obliquely cut brow brush. And as finishing touch I apply L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes in the colour Hazel Eyes. This mascara needs two layers to give the lashes enough impact. The purple gel-liner and the hazelnut coloured mascara give the eyes just a little bit softer look than when I would have used black for these items.

Mac Neutral 15x Cool Palette step 5

End result

And e voila! This is the end result. A nice purple look. This look you can wear as an every day look or for an evening out. Although I would apply it a little bit heavier on a evening out.

Mac Neutral 15x Cool Palette Total 1

Mac Neutral 15x Cool Palette total 2

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Foundation: how I do not want it…

Foundation saga: based on a¬†true story ūüôā

A while ago a read a review of the Nars foundation and the blogger was very enthusiastic about the foundation. So I was intrigued and also wanted to try it. As I live in Amsterdam there is no shop where I can go to, to try the foundation. And ordering over internet is not an option for me, as I cannot judge from the websites which colour foundation would be suitable for me. So I waited for my trip to London that I had already planned for October. My idea was to go to a department store where I knew Nars is sold and have a make-up artist determine the right colour and apply it to my face. I wanted to have at least a couple of hours of use before I was going to buy it. And I also wanted to see it in daylight.

So, full of enthusiasm I walked in to the shop and searched for the Nars counter. Luckily it was not busy so I was helped immediately.

Nars Counter
A very friendly and happy chap was going to help me. I explained to him that I am looking for a light coverage foundation as I do not like pancake or a plastic fantastic look.

Foundation

With that info he searched for the right foundation and colour. He selected Barcelona colour from the Sheer Glow Foundation which is a medium colour with a golden peachy undertone. Here is some information about the foundation:

Nars Sheer Glow FoundationA glowing, natural radiant finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage that immaculately evens skin tone. Replete with skincare benefits and the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula, it leaves skin hydrated, more luminous, softer and smoother. Used daily, Sheer Glow Foundation improves the skin’s brightness and texture.

  • For normal, normal-to-dry and dry skin types
  • Hydrates for softer and smoother skin
  • Contains powerful anti-oxidants to protect against damaging free radicals and turmeric extract to improve skin’s radiance and tone
  • Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic. Fragrance free.
    1.0 Fl. Oz. 30 mL

Consumer Testing Results:

  • 100% skin felt soft and smooth
  • 96% evened out skin tone
  • 96% would recommend Sheer Glow to a friend
  • 92% says skin looks brighter and more radiant¬†

Yes, the foundation sounds really good! What was also good about this session is that he explained how to apply the foundation, so there was also some learning experience build in. Although there was no new information for me but for other customers with less experience this could be very useful. So he started by removing the foundation I had already applied that morning and after that he first put on a moisturiser. Then he applied the foundation with his fingers. He explained foundation should be applied with fingers for the best results, I prefer a brush. Matter of opinion to me.

The foundation he applied was a bit too dark and too warm for me. Also, I thought that the coverage was too much. But I let him do his thing, it could still work out‚Ķ He was the professional and me the amateur…

Concealer

He explained I need to use concealer under my eyes as I have some pigmentation and it will make me look more fresh. Check, I know but I am usually too lazy to apply it. So he used a liquid concealer in the colour Biscuit, which describes as following on the website: Medium dark natural balance of pink and yellow undertones. Nars Radiant Cream ConcealerTo me this sounds darker than the foundation. I personally prefer a concealer a bit lighter than the one he selected. But hey, he is the expert! He applied it under my eyes it looked okay colour wise but it was applied too heavy for my taste.

Countouring

Then he started to explain about contouring. I love contouring but also here I think you should be very gentle with the amount of powder you use. He used the Mie Kabuki Brush which is going to be on my to buy list as it worked really well for contouring. But also here he applied to it too heavy on my face.  I think we really have a different opinion on what light coverage is. BTW, I cannot remember the powder he used.

Nars Mie Kabuki Brush

Blush

Nars Dolce Vita BlushNext step was the blush which I liked. I have Nars Orgasm at home and in contrary to most women, I am not very fond of it. I can hardly see it on my face. Not sure why. Of course I can apply more, but how much blush should a person apply? He used the colour Dolce Vita. A nice pink coloured blush that looked nice on my skin. Will be on my maybe list.

Lipstick / Lip Pencil

And he finished the look with the Satin Lip Pencil in the dark red colour called Golshan. I loved the colour and feel of this lipstick. I am a person who has dry lips so I need a moisturising lipstick. This felt lovely and moisturising. Only downside was that he applied it t0o heavy.Nars Satin Lip Pencil

I was rather surprised by what he thought a light coverage was. This to me was really really heavy make up. I told him I wanted to wait a while before I decided to buy the foundation as I wanted to see it in daylight too. Maybe it was the lighting that made it look so heavy and the wrong colour. Waiting a day was already my plan anyway.

Reaction of hubby

I walked to my husband and he was shocked when he saw me. I must be honest that every small change to my face is a shock to him ūüėČ Every time I saw my own reflection in the mirror I felt very conscious of how I looked. It was just not me I was seeing, it was a creation of the make-up artist. After a couple of shops we went back to the hotel to drop off some stuff and I had the chance to remove the make up. But before we did, my husband made a picture of me to make sure I could share it with all of you. So here it is…

Nars Makeup

(Pictures above are shot with flash as we had not enough natural light in the hotel room).

On the pictures above,¬†there is hardly anything of my own skin to be seen. I prefer when a little bit of my pigment spots and/or irregularities are visible, that makes the make-up look more natural. Now it looks like I have a pancake on my face. Also, due to the thick concealer, the lines around my eyes are very obvious. You can see them even on my cheek. Shame that due to the flash, ¬†you cannot see on these pictures that the colour of the foundation is too warm and there is¬†heavy contouring on my cheeks. You do see the blush very clearly. Maybe the make-up¬†is not badly applied per se, but it is not my kind of make-up. It does not fall in the category “light coverage”.

BTW, if you wonder what I normally wear on my skin, then check this blog of mine with some pictures. Then you can see the difference. I hope ūüôā

Conclusion

Let me come to the conclusion that the make-up artist and I were just very out of sync on the meaning of “light coverage”. The application was fine, just too much. ¬†It was good that he gave information about the products and how to apply it. The products he used were nice and I was impressed by the Mie Kabuki Brush, the Dolce Vita blush and the lipstick. Regarding his choice for concealer and foundation I really did not understand his choice. Both colours were a shade to dark for me. Maybe it is an English thing to wear a shade darker than your own skin? I must admit, I have seen many women during my trip that had foundation on their skin that was too dark for my taste. And in the magazines I also usually notice the foundation a lot. Even my husband notices it. So maybe it is a difference in preference between the Dutch who like it more natural in general and the English who like it more covered? Just my thoughts.

Anyway, still love Nars, but I could not buy the foundation as it was not what I was looking for. I did not go back to try another session ¬†again. Instead, 2 days later I went to MAC. The women listened to me, applied the right colour with the right coverage and I was sold. It can be that easy ūüôā Also, MAC has many shops¬†in the Netherlands, so in the end it was better anyway.

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